11 Facts About Depression

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  1. Over 15 million American adults, around 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, suffer from depression in a given year.
  2. In 2015, about 3 million teens ages 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  3. Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men.
  4. People who are depressed are more prone to illnesses like colds than non-depressed people.
  5. Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty may make people who are already susceptible to depression all the more vulnerable to the illness.   more
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